Bears lead police on chase through Lynnwood

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    Two bears were seen running through Lynnwood on Tuesday.

    The first call came in at 10:50 a.m., when the bears were spotted near Whole Foods, located at 2800 196th St. S.W.

    The Lynnwood Police Department and the Department of Fish and Wildlife then tracked the bears, apparently a mother and cub, from behind the Lowe’s Home Improvement store at 3100 196th St. S.W., to a wooded area next to Staples on the other side of 196th Street Southwest. The larger bear then made her way across Alderwood Mall Parkway to a residential area near Alderwood Middle School and Heritage Park, then eventually to a residential neighborhood in the area of Poplar Way and 204th Street Southwest.

    When the Department of Fish and Wildlife was prepared to capture the bear, it took off at a full run heading southwest. It eventually ducked into a large, heavily wooded area just west of the intersection of 212th Street Southwest and Larch Way, which is where it was last seen around 2:30 p.m.

    Unable to capture the bears, the containment units dispersed just before 3 p.m.

    The location of the bear cub is unknown, Lynnwood Police Cmdr. Sean Doty said.

    If you see a bear, you are asked to call 9-1-1.

    A bear was last seen in Lynnwood in 2011. Police say they had to kill the bear to keep a neighborhood safe.

    Many Edmonds residents may remember when a bear on the loose quite a stir in June 2006. The bear was caught in a thicket of blackberries in the 22400 block of 90th Place W. after eluding Edmonds police

    Edmonds police and state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers had been chasing the bear for several hours before he was captured, tranquilized and transported into the Cascade Mountains.

    –Story and photos by Natalie Covate

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